More athletic than its predecessor, the 5th generation of Mitsubishi L200 pick-up really does not pass unnoticed on the road and off the beaten track. The brand with the three diamonds also in the novel with the introduction of a new 2.4-liter turbo diesel engine of 181 hp.
While the SUV is booming, the confidential portion of the pick-up is also booming, with growth of 20% in the last three years thanks to an offer that also satisfied well the pros, 70% of sales, as individuals with more leisure approach typed. If Toyota Hilux with and Ford Ranger with shared half of a market 12 000 vehicles per year, Mitsubishi wants to be more modest with the aim to sell 1500 is still more than VW Amarok with his bringing up the rear of the segment.
MORE BEAUTIFUL, STRONG AND MORE MODERN
With its look of indestructible fighter, passages of huge wheels and large rear tipper, the new generation Mitsubishi L200 like thinking outside the box. Even if he has not the vocation of a pure 4×4 offroad who “climbs trees”, the L200 is incredibly versatile and it goes almost everywhere to the extent reasonable course. Our test in the Aveyron and the famous plateau of Larzac, the Tarn gorges and winding roads, showed all its qualities.
TURBO DIESEL ENGINE SINGLE INÉDIT
Built in Thailand to cover all worldwide needs, this pickup is available in three body which only two are available in France, Club Cab and Double Cab, our trial version. For motors, Mitsubishi made simple with a single operator for the French market, the new 2.4 MIVEC turbo diesel available in two power levels of 154 hp and 181 hp. One or the other are available based finishes. On our test Cabin Club, the 4-cylinder develops 100% aluminum 181 hp and 430 Nm of torque. Coupled with a mechanical box 6 reports (BVA also available), approved its consumption is only 6.6 l / 100 km in the combined cycle (observed consumption of 7.8 l / 100 km during our test) or emissions of 173 g / km and as the L200 comes under the category of commercial vehicles, it is happening malus and thus save 2200 euros. It is always good to take. Hollow in the low rpm, it really expresses when the turbo blows. In the chassis, the new L200 has a more rigid body with improved twist. Another interesting point of this new L200, towing capacity with a braked trailer of 3100 kg to delight horse owners or the loggers and farmers who have to tow.
Like the last generation pickup, the new L200 5th generation is also more modern equipment by establishing comfort and security now unavoidable. Done the old rustic pickup, Mitsubishi L200 fifth name is directly inspired by the amenities of a more stylish SUV. Although plastics are very pick-up and very Japanese, at least it is more solid, the facilities are up to scratch, except the navigation instructions are confusing, and the very unpleasant robotic female voice. Without full details, the new L200 offers an opening system and keyless start, cruise control, bi-zone climate control, a rearview camera when in security integrates traction help hill, maintaining the stability of the trailer, lane departure warning not to mention the 7 airbags.
AN AGILE AND CRAFT PASSING NEAR EVERYWHERE
Despite its size, the L200 shows relatively agile and manageable as long as you drive. Since it is a maneuver at very low speed, turning radius shows certain limit and it must be repeated several times in a tight hairpin. Available with two types of 4×4 transmission, our L200 Double Cab 181 hp available for its part-wheel drive Super Select 2 from the Pajero. This electronically controlled all-wheel drive has a mechanical Torsen center differential type and its distribution is max 40/60 on the rear axle. 4 modes are available from a wheel in the center of the center console and falls perfectly to hand. One can spend 4×2 mode to 4×4 while driving up to 100 km / h, while passing over other modes, including 4×4 speeds for short crossing, asks to be stopped. In use, the system is very powerful and easy to use. Sometimes bashed off-road and with a steep incline, the L200 has demonstrated real skills in using this crossing 4LLc short speed mode. There Pajero in the new L200 and this is verified in the field, even if it is not his vocation to be a true crossing of 4×4. On the road, we find the typical behavior of a pickup truck whose rear suspension consists of torsion blades. Empty the back shows strong and very dry, while the front suspension and the more flexible long travel generates verticality, pumping and roll. Body movements perfectly within the standards of this type of gear. Driving, anticipation is essential before a turn and this all the little informative steering is not very direct.
Launched in 1978, the L200 arrived in France there is only a decade with the 4th generation.The 5th generation who followed suit has every intention of succeeding an honorable career in the hexagon, ensuring not less than 1/4 of the manufacturer’s sales. With crossing capacity, this ultra-versatile pick-up demonstrated a real flair in many situations and his new turbo diesel engine all-aluminum if not the King of raise in low speeds rather works lot in the towers while containing consumption.